beat (something) to death

beat (something) to death

To linger over or discuss something so long and to such a tedious and laborious extent that the subject is no longer of any interest or relevance. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I think we should move on to another topic before we beat this one to death. The film's rhetorical message has been beaten to death by everyone you talk to.
See also: beat, death
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